It turns out there’s a great video of my recent talk at the Congress for the New Urbanism conference in Dallas, including a great discussion with Mariia Zimmerman and Marcy McInelly. Continue Reading →
We don't always kick off planning studies with a public event, but that's what we did for the Wake County Transit Investment Strategy in Raleigh, North Carolina. At a kickoff meeting attended by hundreds of people, I gave a presentation on how we'd approach the project, which is mostly how my firm approaches any planning project. While there are some local references, it's easy to follow no matter where you live, because it's mostly about the big-picture. Some time-stamps:
- 0:30 Remarks and kind introductions from County Manager Jim Hartmann and Capital Area MPO Executive Director Chris Lukasina.
- 5:18 Beginning of my remarks: "This plan will be yours." Our firm's approach to transit studies.
- 7:53 The New Case for Transit: Why the conversation about transit is changing, in the US and overseas.
- 21:52. Common Mistakes About Transit.
- 26:14 "Plumber's Questions." The Ridership Recipe and the Ridership-Coverage Tradeoff.
- 43:27 End of my remarks. Richard Adams of Kimley Horn speaks on local conditions in Wake County. From here on, through the Q&A, the conversation becomes more locally focused.
Two weeks ago I was the guest of the City of Toronto Planning Department, part of its Feeling Congested program to explore transit options for the city. While there I did a series of meetings and workshops, including the following public address at St. Paul's Church. Only about 1/3 of it is specific to Toronto, and at this stage it's probably the best video of me so far. Thanks to everyone involved, as credited below!
Last Friday I gave a lunchtime talk to an impressively large audience at the Auckland Conversations series.
In 2012 I was the lead planner (with colleagues at MRCagney) on a redesign of Auckland's bus network that will dramatically expand the extent of frequent all day services. I wrote about some of the benefits a year ago.
However, the plan is encountering resistance, especially in the CBD, from certain folks who believe that buses are intrinsically unimportant, and that aesthetic objections to buses are a reason not to value the liberation they provide.
So I took that on, including extensive discussion of the contrasting examples of Paris and Portland. The video is here!